Dying Well: How to Have the Hardest Conversation

All of us live in a bubble, an illusion of safety and security that our lives will continue along a single, set trajectory of our own choosing. Sadly, life is rarely cooperative. We hit bumps in our relationship. Our bodies become the victims of a disease. We get into a car accident. We lose a friend.

One of the hardest conversations to have with someone is when something happens that compromises a person's health. It could be cancer, it could be an auto accident or some other injury. Or it could be the result of simply aging and getting to a point where your body starts to give out. How does the person want the last days of their life to be?

How do you have the hardest conversation about dying -- and dying well -- with a loved one?

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Brain and Behavior

How to Cut Cravings


Chips and dip.

Ruffles and onion dip, to be precise. Yeah. I could go for some of that right now.

Seems like every afternoon I’m seeking something salty. The latest food craving.

Other times it’s ice cream after I get my daughter in bed. Sometimes it is pasta.

While I don’t believe in abstinence -- meaning if my body feels like eating a particular type of food, I’m likely to eat at least a little bit of it -- I don’t want to be at the whim of my cravings, either.
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Anxiety and Panic

Psychology Around the Net: May 9, 2015

This week's Psychology Around the Net focuses on teachers and psychological concepts in the classroom, how exercise relates to your career, how we're "allowed" to enjoy movies about mental illness, and more.

The Most Important Psychological Concepts for Teachers to Apply in Classrooms: A new American Psychological Association report outlines and explains 20 psychological concepts to enhance teaching on the elementary and secondary school levels.

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5 Powerful Tips for Helping a Friend Through Illness

Avoid adding negativity to their challenge.

Fear, anger and helplessness are just a few emotions that we feel when someone we care about receives a hard diagnosis.

Most of us pray, hope for the best, encourage those friends to fight and support them the best we can, but it so often seems that there is little else we can do to help.

While your friend receives the appropriate care chosen, know that you can empower them—whether you're right next door or on the other side of the planet; energy jumps all boundaries and you have enough to impact your friend in a positive way. Here's what to do:

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New Study: Your Stress Could Make Your Husband Sick

This takes "happy wife, happy life" to a whole new, scary level.

Some believe marriage is naturally difficult. Unfortunately, those who succumb to such negativity may be headed down a dangerous path. Not only does a tumultuous marriage lead to many tear-stained pillows but according to a new study it could also lead to a stressed wife, resulting in greater potential for heart disease for her dear husband.

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Why Your Job Is Not Your Friend

Are you in an abusive relationship with your job?

Do you give it all the energy you have, only to feel drained after? Do you put your job before your sleep, your health, or interacting with friends? Do you feel like you owe it to your job to sacrifice everything? Do you stay up all night, obsessing about how you can make things right in the morning?

America is a culture that seems to pride itself on how hard it can work. We log 60 hours a week, scoff at sick days, and eat lunch at our desks. We think this is how it’s supposed to be. But the truth is -- it’s not.
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Why Every Pediatrician Should Screen for Postpartum Depression

I feel like I should be on a first-name basis with my kids’ pediatrician. It feels disrespectful to call her by her first name, but with three kids, there are quite a few visits -- annual checkups, sick visits, my daughter’s repeated ear infections and my baby’s acid reflux. I see the pediatrician a lot, far more frequently than I see any of my own doctors.

Recently, prior to my daughter’s 3-year-old checkup, her pediatrician had forwarded an extensive developmental and behavioral assessment form for me to fill out. Following a string of questions about my child, such as “does your child run around in settings when he should sit still?” and “does your child have a hard time staying asleep and falling asleep?” came a series of questions directed to me.

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Alternative and Nutritional Supplements

12 Supplements I Take Every Day for Depression

I hereby confess that it takes me a half hour each week to fill up my mammoth-sized pill container with the supplements and vitamins I take each week to give my brain every lift I can. It’s expensive, it’s time-consuming, it’s a pain in my arse, but I would rather spend my time organizing fish oil capsules than in front of a therapist explaining why I can’t shut off the negative intrusive thoughts.

I'm doing much better today than I was seven months ago, the afternoon I first met with a holistic doctor to determine which supplements could help my depression.
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Chronic Migraines: The Significance of Emotional History

I received some pretty harsh criticism recently from a group of headache doctors because I suggested psychological and emotional history could have a place in chronic migraines. Some even went so far as to call me sexist for suggesting sexual repression could be a component in some cases, even though I referred to this being an issue for both genders.

Many medical professionals recognize and value the effect of psychoemotional history on some forms of chronic pain. The accusations were still alarming. Are there still medical professionals who reject psychoemotional history as a plausible underlying cause for some types of physical pain?
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Anxiety and Panic

Psychology Around the Net: April 11, 2015

Learn more about changing mental health-related terms, the psychological factors that might lead to overeating, a new Medicaid and mental health law proposed by the Obama Administration, and more in this week's Psychology Around the Net.

Can We Replace Misleading Terms Like 'Mental Illness,' 'Patient,' and 'Schizophrenia': Find out why one Duke University professor feels these and other related terms can both "provide clarity" and "badly mislead."

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